April Fools' Day: 18 Greatest Sports Pranks of All Time

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April Fools' Day: 18 Greatest Sports Pranks of All Time
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BREAKING NEWS: Indianapolis Colts announce they will be drafting Robert Griffin III and not Andrew Luck first overall in the 2012 NFL draft.

BREAKING NEWS: In a shocking move, Kobe Bryant, announces his immediate retirement from the NBA in order to pursue a career as an NBA Analyst.

BREAKING NEWS: It is reported that Kansas player Thomas Robinson has been linked to steroid use, making him ineligible to play in the NCAA Tournament. As a result, Ohio State and not Kansas will be facing Kentucky in the national championship game.

BREAKING NEWS: Despite injury concerns, the Philadelphia Phillies announced this morning that they have signed 2B Chase Utley to a six-year, $60 million extension.

BREAKING NEWS: Brett Favre is un-retiring and the Green Bay Packers have announced he will be their starting quarterback in...OK, I can't even finish that one with a straight face. If the others didn't get you, that one certainly would. April Fools'!

The above false headlines are all April Fools' jokes obviously, but compared to some of the pranks orchestrated by sports personalities and teams alike over the year, these statements are nothing, especially since the sports world has always been center stage when it comes to pulling off pranks.

In honor of this national day of pranking, whether on April 1 or not, here are some of the best pranks that have been pulled off over the years in the world of sports.

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